Category Archives: Fab-u-shoe Friday

Fabushoe Friday: Driving Shoes

My new Ryka driving shoes!

Happy Fabushoe Friday!

So, while these are more practical than fabulous, I got tired of killing my car mats with heels so I bought some driving shoes!

Believe it or not, it was actually a car mechanic’s idea for me to buy the shoes! I had re-ordered new mats several times at my dealership, and on the third time, he pointed at my 6-inch heels and asked, “You wear those often?” Of course, I said yes, to which he replied: “You know, it might be a good idea to look into some driving shoes.” He paused… adding, “You could buy a lot of those,” pointing to my heels, “instead of these,” pointing to my shredded mat.

Now you’re speakin’ my language – point taken!

Not only are they more comfortable than heels, but they truly are a great investment! I was buying new all-weather mats for $100 about twice a year because my heels kept digging a hole in them. I was also ruining my heels, because the back of the right shoe would get scuffed or the material would rub off. Translation… thanks to my drivers, I’ll have several hundred more in my annual shoe budget now!!! 🙂

I did some research on which ones to buy, and to be honest, I was disappointed in the selection. A lot of the women’s drivers look like moccasins. I like the men’s driving shoe selection a lot more because they have a sportier look.

I ended up going with a shoe that’s technically made for yoga. The only thing that really makes a shoe a “driver” is the extra rubberized lip at the back of the shoe, which this pair had. I also liked that they had a cute scroll design on top and could pass for a ballerina flat if I decided I was done with heels for the rest of my work day.

Typically, I just keep them in my car door pocket – putting them on when I get in, and putting them back in the pocket when I get out. Or if I need to wear them walking downtown between meetings or something, I have a dust bag for them in my purse.

Being a heel girl, I was hesitant purchasing frumpy flats, but I’m so glad I did! I highly recommend getting a pair if you, too, love your heels but don’t want to Fred Flinstone your car mats!

Fabushoe Friday: HP Blast Shoe Sale at Morrison & Me

Lots of Hyde Park businesses are having sales to attract all the Hyde Park Blast participants into their stores this weekend. I told you about the HP Blast sale at Kate, and I just found out about Morrison & Me’s shoe sale to celebrate the Blast too! Perfect timing because it’s Fabushoe Friday! Check out the details of the sale below! Good luck to all you HP Blast runners, walkers and cyclists! Have a great time!

Fabushoe Friday: Amy Kirchen Now Carries Shoes

Happy Fabushoe Friday, friends! Exciting news to share to celebrate this weekly holiday…. Amy Kirchen Boutique in Milford is now carrying some AH-MAZ-ING shoes.

She’s the fashion show sponsor for our June 23 Red, Pink and Blue fashion show (which you NEED to be at by the way – it’s my favorite event of the year!) so we’ve been chatting a ton. She took all these pics of the new kicks she just got in and I think a drooled a puddle on my computer.

I. Want. Every. Pair.

Check them out at her boutique located at 125 Main St. in Milford!

Fabushoe Friday: Blaine’s Menswear Shoe Collection

We all know I’m slightly addicted to shoes. I do my weekly Fabushoe Friday… my parents met in the Sears shoe department… and my husband has even more shoes that me (we’re a perfect PAIR… get it?! haha!).

I went to the Blaine’s Menswear event, put on by Cincinnati Profile (i.e., men’s version of Cincy Chic/localized GQ mag), a couple weeks ago and I was pleasantly surprised at all the fun and colorful Allen Edmonds shoes they had there for their fashMANista shoppers!

As my friend Bob Schwartz puts it “….now a days men’s shoe stores are beginning to look like Allen Edmonds dropped acid.” haha! SO true!

Check out Bob’s blog covering the event. “Throw in red or white soles, and its getting very interesting…” he says.

I couldn’t have said it better myself. So, extend your love for fashion down to your feet with some fun shoes… highly recommend checking out the shoes at Blaine’s.

Allen Edmonds shoes at Blaine's in Old Montgomery (photo credit: Bob Schwartz)

Fabushoe Friday: Saks Unveils Revamped Shoe Salon

Exciting news, my shoe-savvy fashionista friends. Saks Fifth Ave downtown just remodeled their shoe salon, and they’re having a shin-dig to celebrate its unveiling in style. Oh, and what’s better than shoe shopping in a pretty new shoe salon? Having a portion of proceeds go to a great cause! 10% of sales from the event will be going to go Vibrant – a non-profit dedicated to making Cincinnati a healthier, more vibrant place to live! Click here to read the story Cincy Chic did about the organization and its founder!

Check out the invite below… hope to see you and your chic shoes there!

Fabushoe Friday: Patent Leather Nude Pumps

Happy Fabushoe Friday! And today is a very special one, because I think I found the holy grail of shoes… They’re my new patent leather nude pumps (Jessica Simpson, $79) I bought on a whim recently at Macy’s. Seriously – best purchase EVER because I wear them all the time. Not only are they super comfortable and durable, but they also go with every outfit, color and occasion. I’m starting to wish I bought a few pairs actually! So, if you don’t already have these wardrobe staples in your closet – or you just need some inspiration for how to wear the ones you do have – here are four recent outfits where these new kicks took center stage.

CASUAL
To avoid pinches on St. Patrick’s Day, you have to wear green! But, while getting ready to meet my friends for the festivities, I realized I don’t have any cute green clothes! Ack! I decided to keep the color palette neutral and add in green with my accessories. The pumps added just the polish I needed for my a cream top and skinny jeans.

DATE NIGHT
Spring is all about color, especially this season, so I’m loving my bright coral polka dot dress. I will say, coral is a tough color to match a shoe to, though. That’s why the nude shoe is so fab! It went well with the dress, and I added depth and texture to the palette through some fun mauve feather earrings.

FORMAL
Ladies, we all love our go-to LBD, but don’t pair it with a boring black pump. Do something different and go nude! Nude shoe that is! haha! That’s what I did for a recent fundraiser I went to, and I got a ton of compliments! Plus the neutral pump and black dress palette let me add in some fab flair with gold, sea foam green and coral accessories.

WORK
The nude patent pump is the new power suit! I recently wore them to a ladies event at the Western Hills Country Club — the ladies raved about them and they were the best conversation starter! I had on an ivory ruffled dress with plum-colored accessories and matching cardigan. I love that the shoe can go from “9 to 9” with me every day because I rarely ever have time to stop and change after work before happy hour and events!

As if all these different ways to wear this shoe weren’t reason enough to love them… did you know nude heels like this also give the allusion of a longer leaner leg? It’s true! Also, if you travel a lot, but like to pack light, the nude pump is for you. Because it’s so versatile, it’s the only shoe you’ll need on the trip! Unless you’re going to a beach, of course. In that case, you’ll need to bring flip flops… and me. 🙂

Check out the video below as I open my closet door to share tips and outfit inspirations for these super chic shoes! Then, under the photos are the outfit inspirations! Have a great weekend!

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